By Bukenya George
The Minister of State in charge of primary education in the ministry of Education and Sports, Rosemary Nsubuga Seninde has argued the private sector and parents to help government implement the policy of Integrated Early Childhood Development.
While addressing Journalist at Imperial Royale Hotel in Kampala, Seninde said that since its inception three years ago, it has helped pre-primary children to learn well and by the time they are enrolled to primary one at least they can be able to read and write.
“The private sector owns this educational subsector therefore the players in this sector should work towards improving it under the guidance of the government policy“. Seninde argued.
She further said that the government has set up standards that the schools and parents must adhere too in order to help the children grow well as well as gaining the necessary skills that can enable them learn better in their further education.
The government in 2016 launched the policy of Integrated Early Childhood Development and is co-funded by the government of Uganda, UNICEF and the World Bank.
Dr. Kedrace Turyagyenda, the Director Education standards of the ministry of Education and Sports said that with the help of World Bank and UNICEF the government has been able to construct class room and administration blocks as well as teacher houses in 137 schools located in the different districts of the country.
She also said they have used part of the funds got from the World Bank to finance the training of teachers in order to ease the implementation of the policy of Integrated Early Childhood Education.
“As ministry through our Primary Teachers Colleges we have trained teacher both in-service and those who enroll and equipped them with skills needed in handling the children and this has helped to improve the standards at Early Childhood Education.“ Said Turyagyenda.
She also added on that the government as of now has no intentions to start the program of early childhood teaching in its primary schools because the schools do not have the facilities and the funds are un available to put up such facilities.
Global evidence shows that for every dollar spent on early childhood interventions, there is at least a $7 return on that investment, making investments in Early Childhood Development is one of the best investments any society can make.